FORT WORTH Candy Halliburton is an indie-film fan.
Sometimes the Arlington resident and her husband take the TRE over to Dallas just to catch a movie at the Angelika theater at Mockingbird Station. Other times, they head to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth.
So it was no surprise that they arrived early for the opening night of the sixth edition of the Lone Star International Film Festival at the AMC Palace in Sundance Square on Wednesday night. They were there to see the family drama Jayne Mansfield's Car, the first film directed by Billy Bob Thornton in more than a decade.
And it won't be their only trip to the five-day festival this week.
"We've got tickets for three films," she said as she tried to get closer to the red carpet to see the stars' arrivals.
Although in previous years the presence of the carpet at Lone Star might have seemed more like wishful thinking, this year there were several notables including Thornton (who also co-wrote and stars in Car), singer-songwriter-actor Billy Joe Shaver (who's being honored by the festival Thursday), Kinky Friedman and Ruth Buzzi. Not walking the red carpet but appearing at the screening were Car co-star Robert Duvall and up-and-coming actor John Hawkes, star of the just-released film The Sessions. He's the focus of "A Conversation With" on Thursday.
The Arkansas-born Thornton joked about his North Texas connections.
"I've been to Dallas a lot. I've got a lot of family here," he said, laughing.
"The well-off ones lived in Richardson, the poorer ones in Garland.
He later said he takes any excuse to visit.
"I'd come to Texas for a Midas Muffler opening," he said.
On a more serious note, he said he enjoys directing, even if he does it only sporadically.
"I love directing. But I was waiting until I had a story I wanted to tell," Thornton said.
Later, in introducing the film, he took a dig at big-budget Hollywood films, warning the audience about Car, "There will be cursing and there won't be any special effects."
Other notable films ahead include: A Royal Affair, a drama about a love triangle involving the king of Denmark (9 p.m. Thursday); Hyde Park on Hudson, starring Bill Murray as FDR (7 p.m. Friday); America's Parking Lot, a documentary about zealous Dallas Cowboys fans (8:20 p.m. Friday); the dramedy Silver Linings Playbook starring Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper (9:30 p.m. Friday); the darkly comic It's a Disaster starring David Cross, Julia Stiles, America Ferrera, and Kevin M. Brennan (7:30 p.m. Saturday); a documentary about Fort Worth jazz innovator Ornette Coleman, Ornette: Made in America (1:45 p.m. Saturday); the director's cut of the 1980 Western Heaven's Gate (3 p.m. Sunday); and the hit Australian musical The Sapphires (4:30 p.m. Sunday).
Cary Darling, 817-390-7571